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ChildLine has launched the F.A.P.Z. campaign (Fight Against Porn Zombies) to help children and young people who have questions or concerns about pornography. Resources include a series of films looking at myths around pornography and answers to young people's questions around porn.

Click here to go to the ChildLine web page - please note that this page is only for young people aged 12 and over. Some of the language and types of things explained are not appropriate for younger children.

 

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Sexual Communication with a child under the age of 16 – new offence

Section 67 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 inserts a new offence into the Sexual Offences Act 2003, at section 15A, criminalising sexual communication with a child.

This new classification criminalises conduct of an adult who intentionally communicates with a child under the age of 16 (whom the adult does not reasonably hold the belief for them to be aged 16 or over) with the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification if that communication is sexual in nature or it’s intent is to encourage that child to make a communication that is sexual.

Situations that will be covered by the offence include talking sexually to a child in an online chatroom, sexually explicit SMS text messages to a child along with inviting a child to communicate sexually ( whether the invitation itself is sexual or not ).

From 3 April 2017, any adult caught breaking the law will face up to two years in prison and be automatically placed on the sex offenders register. The law will cover both online and offline communication, including social media, e-mail, and letters.

 

As part of a campaign to deter people from viewing and sharing indecent images of children online, Stop it Now! has launched an interactive film called 'Choose another path' to show the consequences of viewing sexual images of under-18s. It is the latest in a series of films to help people at risk of viewing or sharing child abuse images.

Source: Stop it Now! 04 February 2016

Further information:
   Choose another path

   Stop it Now: No justification

   Stop it Now: Very real consequences

   Stop it Now's 5 steps if you have concerns about online behaviour

 

News

Ofsted Inspection

The Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board (BBSCB) is judged to be 'Good' in a report published today by Ofsted. For more details of the report and a statement by Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of BBSCB can be found here 

 

Child Sexual Exploitation Conference

‘The More You Know, The More You See’ – Child Sexual Exploitation Conference

Date: Thursday 28th September 2017

Venue: The Rufus Centre, Flitwick

Time: 9:30 – 4:30 (Registration 9:00 – 9:30)

For more details please click here